Frankfurt: Regulatory centre of excellence

August 30, 2010

Already home to many of the main European regulatory bodies, Frankfurt's financial centre offers the experience and stability to play a key role in helping Europe shape the future of its financial sector, says Dr Lutz Raettig.


Low risk, highly attractive

August 30, 2010

A combination of cautious conservatism and some innovative tax policies has created an opening through which Canada is pushing Toronto, its financial centre, onto the international stage. Karen E Thuermer reports.

The Banker's 2010 IFC Rankings

August 30, 2010

The Banker's ranking of international financial centres is based not simply on the size of the financial services industry in each location, but focuses instead on the level of international business and the value offered to institutions seeking to expand their overseas operations.


Hong Kong benefits from China's dynamism

August 30, 2010

As mainland China continues to develop its capital markets, Hong Kong is well placed to pick up new cross-border trade and help facilitate the internationalisation of the renminbi.


Eyes east

August 30, 2010

As uncertainty continues to dog Western markets, Asia-Pacific financial centres are seizing their opportunity and increasingly drawing business away from their more established rivals. Michelle Price reports.

This time it's different. Or is it?

July 6, 2010

Banking IT architectures will and must look different in the post-crisis, post-recessionary operating environment, argue market-watchers. But will banks finally be able to make the long-awaited shift from their legacy systems? Writer Michelle Price

A cloudy outlook

July 6, 2010

Banks have so far been wary of adopting remote cloud-computing services, often because of security concerns. However, cloud operators are posing a threat to existing companies across a spectrum of businesses, and banks cannot afford to ignore the public cloud for long. Writer Phil Jones

Time to cough up the IT hairball

July 6, 2010

Likhit Wagle, IBM's global leader for banking and financial markets

Banks will be forced to make profound changes to their business strategies- and their technology - to prop up their return on equity. However, messy and conflicting legacy IT systems have developed into a 'hairball' that threatens to choke banks' efforts to streamline. Writer Phil Jones

Across the board

July 6, 2010

Santander's acquisition spree has left the bank with a major IT challenge. But as José María Fuster, its CIO, explains, the bank has embraced IT integration as an all-encompassing transformation programme. Writer Wendy Atkins

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Getting what you pay for

July 6, 2010

The worst of the industry budget cuts may be over, but what lessons have banks learnt from the financial crisis regarding how they pay for their IT and the way they manage the relationship with their IT vendors? Writer Nik Pratt

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